ChickTech Philly Brings FREE Tech Education to Local Girls!

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ChickTech Philadelphia Brings FREE Tech Education to 20+ Local Girls

You might be familiar with ChickTech Philadelphia, a local chapter of a national non-profit. Most people know us as a networking group. We often hold happy hours and other meetups for professional women in tech. What many people don’t know, is that for the past few months we have been hard at work putting together the launch of our first High School Program cohort, a program that is run in over 18 chapters across the country. The goal of this program is to provide a positive and fun learning environment for girls. Helping them to see a career in technology as a real possibility and showing them that a “career in tech” can mean many things and open many doors.    

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Linode and Drexel’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies, this past weekend we were able to host 23 local girls and teach them about game app development. The girls, who were nominated by teachers and mentors, came from all over the greater Philadelphia region, many of them having zero previous exposure to STEM programs. Our volunteers shared their stories and experiences and offered insight into the different career opportunities that are available. Gabriela Marcu, a researcher and professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel, delivered a keynote focused on showing our students how technology can make a meaningful impact in people’s lives.

The weekend wrapped with family members, friends and teachers coming to view the app the girls had developed and see the space they had been working in all weekend.

This weekend was the just the first of many workshops. Each month, the girls will be invited to sign up for additional workshops which will take place one Saturday a month. Our plan is to give them variety for the remainder of the cohort. Robotics, UX Design, Javascript and Soft Circuits are just a few we hope to run.

We hope that the girls gained more than a new technical skill. We hope they found a new friend, connected with a mentor and gained confidence that they can do and be anything they want.

If you are interested in getting involved in future workshops, please contact us at Philadelphia@ChickTech.org

 

Sarah Herrmann